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In recent months, I have had the good
fortune to attend a number of conferences/
congresses in the pacific region.
Of particular note were the Fiji Institute
of Surveyors (FIS) Congress, from 31
July to 2 August 2015, and, more recently,
the Association of Surveyors Papua New
Guinea (ASPNG) Congress from 2-4
Apart from providing delegates with
a variety of papers and presentations
covering topics from the latest technology
to how to get the best out of UAV through
to the latest requirements for planning
and development in the regions, the
congresses provide the opportunity for
likeminded professionals to network and
discuss ideas and experiences.
FIS Congress -- Ensuring
the Rapid Response to
Change, Ensuring the
Surveyor of Tomorrow
The congress was held at the Mango
Beach Resort for the 4th year in
succession (a magnificent location on
the coral coast, just a short drive from
Sigatoka: when you are on a good
thing.... stick to it!).
Due to the fact that the FIS continues
to run its congress at the Mango Bay
Resort, the owners built a new convention
room (bure), shown in the photos.
When it became known that the Minister
for Lands and Mineral Resources (Hon.
Mereseini Vuniwaqa) was going to officially
open the congress, the owners of the resort
quickly arranged for her to officially open
the new facility. With traditional owners,
distinguished guests and the delegates
present, the Minister opened the new Burro
and the congress.
As mentioned previously, a number of
papers were presented, but of note is the
traditional forum session, where members
can raise items of concern for discussion
Also worth noting was the presentation
by Kemueli Masikerei, where he announced
the formation of the Fiji Young Surveyors
Group. The presentation explained how,
after attending the 2014 FIG congress in KL,
Tabua Asakaia (Principal Surveyor Control
in the Lands Department) learnt of the
Young Professionals in the FIG and quickly
went about establishing a Young Surveyors
Group for Fiji's young surveyors, using the
frame work of the FIG Young Professionals.
It was recommended at the meeting
that the Fiji YSG establish a connection
with the SSSI YP.
The Fiji Institute of Surveyors
welcomes any SSSI member interested
in participating in the 2016 congress.
Set aside Friday to Sunday 5-7 August
2016, and we look forward to seeing you
ASPNG 49th Congress --
Reflection on 40 Years
Held at the Gazelle International Hotel in
Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, close to 80
delegates attended. The social program,
as always, was successful, and this year
augmented by the Ralum Country Club
located next to the venue - conveniently
arranged by the congress convener and
president of the club, SkerryPalanga.
When asked, Skerry said the club
had no bearing on choosing the venue...
or was that it had a major influence....
I cannot seem to remember!
The congress was officially opened
by the Member of Parliament for
Kokopo Open, the Hon Ereman-
Tobaining Jnr. MP .
Once open and in full swing, delegates
re-acquainted themselves and were treated
to an informative congress.
For those who are not aware, Kokopo,
has grown substantially since the last
ASPNG Congress that was held in Raboul
in 1994. Not long after the congress,
Mount Tavurvur erupted and effectively
wiped out the city of Raboul, covering
most of the city and airport in 2m of
The opportunity to visit Raboul and
see how it has recovered since that time
was taken up by many at the congress
before the farewell BBQ. Fortunately,
there were no eruptions or quakes during
the congress, but we will have to see in
a few months if the congress causes the
volcano to erupt.... stay tuned.
The ASPNG will be busy in 2016
arranging the 50th ASPNG Congress to
be held in Port Moresby. It is envisaged
that it will be held in September, and the
organising committee would encourage
all ex-pat surveyors from Australia and
New Zealand to attend.
The official date will be announced
on the ASPNG web site (www.aspng.org)
shortly, and will then be placed on the
The congresses are great events,
offering delegates a beautiful climate and
For anyone wishing to participate in
one or more of our Pacific neighbours'
congresses in 2016, I would encourage
you to keep an eye on the SSSI calendar
and pack your bathers and sunscreen. Or
get in contact with me to find out more!
Andrej Mocicka, National Land
Surveying Commission Committee
Member. Email: Andrej.mocicka@
listech.com, mobile 0418 174 564.
Our Pacific neighbours' congresses
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